Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Details

The Jolly One has confirmed his Attendance!

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s (BSBPA) annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will take place Friday, December 3.  The parade step off time is 6:30 pm, proceeding on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the village Christmas tree. 

The parade is a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village.  Once again this year, the parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and U.S. Marine Corps.  Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.

New this year – BSBPA announced that the parade entries will be judged this year in the following categories: Best Emergency Vehicle Entry, Best Ballston Spa Community Members Entry, Best Walking Entry and The Brightest Light Award. The brighter and more festive, the better.

The parade headlines a holiday-themed “First Friday”, Ballston Spa’s signature monthly event, which celebrates its 17th year in 2021.  Home to unique shops, museums, and a host of popular restaurants, Ballston Spa pulls out the stops for December’s First Friday by filling the village with a merry atmosphere.  Many businesses will be open with special holiday activities and specials, while Ballston Spa High School singers and musicians and Union Fire Company band members perform carols on the street corners.

The Holiday Parade is a true community event so parade participants are welcome.  If your organization, group or business would like to take part in the parade that night, please go to to register. For more information, contact the BSBPA office at 518 885-2772 or

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